Bali and Gili Islands
After working for three months on a farm, bank accounts full of hard-earned cash, we decided to go to Bali for a well-deserved three week holiday. We arrived in Denpasar and checked into our hotel, which had a little, pretty pool and breakfast included. Denpasar is very touristy, mainly Australians of course. The main streets have McDonalds, Starbucks, Riptide and a HardRock Café. The streets are also packed full of stalls selling souvenirs and clothes, especially with the Bintang Bali imprint. The beach directly at the city was disappointing, there was rubbish on the beach and floating in the water. You could hire sunloungers and buy fresh fruit and beer though, so it wasn’t all bad. We visited different beaches on the island in the next week, which were all splendid, so it must just have been the city beach that was a bit dirty. Other activities worth doing are a rafting trip and visiting the Monkey Forest.
We also (for some reason) visited the Bali Zoo. It was pricey, but the huge bats we saw completely made up for it. You were allowed to enter the bat-house and could have probably petted them. I would have tried, but my friend scared me with stories of deadly diseases they all definitely carry, so I didn’t.
After we’d had our fill of Bali (although can you ever really?), we took a short boat-ride across to Gili Air, one of the three Gili islands. We unfortunately did not know that Gili Air is the smallest and least exciting of all three islands, we had just booked it online in advance. We took a twenty minute bike-ride all around the island one day — that’s how small it is. It is really idyllic though and we just spend a week drinking cocktails, snorkelling, and eating pineapple pancake and local fish.